Bend
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Bend which includes a bridge, autumn colours and a garden

Plenty of outdoor attractions, scenic views and a lively urban atmosphere make this mountain town one of central Oregon’s most popular destinations.

Bordered by the Deschutes River, surrounded by high desert and settled between the peaks of the Cascade Range, Bend is one of central Oregon’s most scenic towns. With a ski resort, bikeways, watersports and hot springs, it's the perfect spot for outdoor adventure or a relaxing getaway.

Originally named “Farewell Bend” after its location on the Deschutes River, Bend began as a lumber town. Take the family on a cycling tour of the area on the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway or ride through downtown following the Urban Trail System.

In summer, rent a canoe or kayak and float down the Deschutes River or try whitewater rafting if you are feeling adventurous. Children can learn to fish at Shevlin Park, which has a trout pond reserved solely for minors to fish from.

Explore Lava Lands Visitor Center at Newberry National Volcanic Monument and learn about the volcanic activity that has shaped the region for millennia. Afterwards, recharge with a relaxing soak in the Paulina Hot Springs Lake.

In winter, head up to Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, which is located just 22 miles (32.2 kilometers) outside the town center. Ski or snowboard down some of the 88 runs. Non-skiers can ride down the slopes on a dog sled, snowmobile or snow tube.

Bend offers more breweries per capita than any other city in Oregon. Embark on the Bend Ale Trail and savor malts and India pale ales from some of the town’s best breweries. Enjoy the variety of restaurants, shops and galleries that line the streets downtown. Public art installations are located throughout Bend, so there is plenty to see as you walk down the streets.

The town of Bend is a 3-hour scenic drive from Portland, Oregon’s state capital. The closest airport is in Redmond, a 20-minute drive north. Bend’s agreeable climate, picturesque location and lively atmosphere make it an unmissable destination.

Where to stay in Bend

Riverhouse on the Deschutes
Riverhouse on the Deschutes
3.5 out of 5
3075 N. Business 97, Bend, OR
The price is Rs6,391 per night from 26 May to 26 May
Located in Boyd Acres, this spa resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sun Mountain Fun Center and River's Edge Golf Course. Tower Theatre and Drake Park are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,359 reviews)
"Every aspect of our stay was wonderful. It’s was clean, quiet and the food was great"

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

Riverhouse on the Deschutes
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel - Bend
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel - Bend
2.5 out of 5
3105 O.B. Riley Road, Bend, OR
The price is Rs8,640 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in Boyd Acres, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bend River Promenade and within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Mill District and Les Schwab Amphitheater. Sun ...
3.6/5Good! (1,195 reviews)
"Though not recently renovated and with some need for new carpets etc. the rooms were clean and simple and can’t beat the price and friendly staff. Our room this time was missing some amenities like information on wifi connection, a Do Not Disturb Door tag, and only had two towels for two people staying ..."

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

Shilo Inn Suites Hotel - Bend
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Bend
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Bend
2.5 out of 5
61200 S Highway 97, Bend, OR
The price is Rs6,860 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Located in Old Farm District, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Bend Factory Stores and within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Mill District and Les Schwab Amphitheater. ...
4/5Very Good! (980 reviews)
"Staff is great. Very nice. Was not quiet due to loud people, construction and dogs. Not as clean as i would expect with stains on sheets and mysterious substance on toilet seat. Hot water is not constant. They do have a conveniently stocked little shop though which is nice."

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Bend
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Pronghorn Resort
Pronghorn Resort
4 out of 5
65600 Pronghorn Club Dr, Bend, OR
The price is Rs16,858 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Located in Bend, this family-friendly condominium resort is 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from Pronghorn Golf Courses, and within 12 mi (20 km) of High Desert Sports Complex ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (203 reviews)
"Pronghorn Resort, we liked everything about it , it was perfect"

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Pronghorn Resort
The Pines at Sunriver
The Pines at Sunriver
3 out of 5
17655 Pinnacle Lane, Sunriver, Bend, OR
The price is Rs10,188 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Situated in Bend, this condo is within 1 mile (2 km) of Sunriver Resort Golf Course and The Village. Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center and Sunriver ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (191 reviews)
"Beautiful mountain resort."

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

The Pines at Sunriver
Wall Street Suites
Wall Street Suites
3 out of 5
1430 Wall Street, Bend, OR
The price is Rs14,245 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in the heart of Bend, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Downtown Bend Business Association, Old Mill District and Les Schwab Amphitheater. ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (153 reviews)
"Wow! We were really impressed by the property and how friendly and helpful the staff were! We wished we could have stayed longer!"

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

Wall Street Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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20 Jul 2019

Felt a very safe, clean town. Liked shopping in the Old Mill district.

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